Following the official opening of The Old Vic's new production of King Lear starring double Academy Award-w...
Meera Syal CBE was born in Wolverhampton in 1961. She attended Queen Mary’s High School before studying English and Drama at Manchester University, where she graduated with a first. Syal has established herself as a writer of screenplays, theatre, television and novels as well as being a journalist, comedian and actress
She has acted in notable plays such as Much Ado About Nothing in 2012 where she played the role of Beatrice at the Courtyard. She also played Zebrunise in Behind the Beautiful Forevers at the Olivier theatre (2014) and as June in Killing of Sister George in 2011. She has written various scripts and screenplays, including Bombay Dreams for Andrew Lloyd Webber and A. R. Rahman which was based off her original book.
Syal is well known for her role as grandmother Sushila in The Kumars at No. 42, which has won international Emmy- awards as well as running for seven series. Syal has appeared in many acclaimed TV series, including Doctor Who, Holby City and Beautiful People. Syal is also a notable writer, winning the Betty Trask Award for her book Anita and Me, as well as the Media Personality of the Year award for the Race in the Media awards 2000. On top of her success in the arts Syal also has an honorary degree from SOAS, University of London and University of Roehampton and is a visiting professor of contemporary theatre at Catherine’s College at Oxford University.
Returning to the West End, Syal will play the role as the nurse in William Shakespere’s Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick Theatre directed by Kenneth Branagh. Syal will star alongside Richard Madden from Game of Thrones fame, Lily James and Derek Jacobi. The show is set to run from 12 May 2016 until 13 August 2016.
Selected London & West End Stage Appearances
|Romeo and Juliet||Nurse||Garrick||2016|
|Behind the Beautiful Forevers||Zehrunisa||Olivier Theatre||2014||Review|
|If You Don't Let Us Dream, We Won't Let You Sleep||Protester||Royal Court||2013||Review|
|Much Ado About Nothing||Beatrice||The Courtyard||2012|
|Killing of Sister George||June Buckridge||Arts||2011|
|Shirley Valentine||Shirley||Trafalgar Studios One||2010||Review|
|Rafta, Rafta||Lopa Dutt||Lyttelton||2007||Review|
|Bombay Dreams||Kitty||Apollo Victoria||2004||Review|